3D Modeler / Character Artist

Animax Designs is growing and we are seeking inspired, motivated individuals to join our team. Experience is the key!

Position Title: 3D Modeler/Character Artist

Summary:

As a 3D Modeler/Character Artist, attention to what brings characters to life should both guide and influence your approach to our unique animation and design challenges. As part of our in-house creative team and supervised by Animax’s Creative Director, you will help turn beloved characters into real life figures. The ideal candidate will be creative and detail-oriented, excel at problem spotting and problem solving, and have an ability to quickly and effectively translate critiques into solutions in a fast-paced environment. Our unique workflow requires team members who can effectively navigate through multiple disciplines, from digital design, rigging, and animation to mechanical integration, 3D printing, and soft goods fabrication.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with Creative Director, surface modelers, mechanical designers, and other team leads to develop useable assets at all stages, from early concept work to final production parts

  • Translate digital assets provided by outside sources into workable models, including (but not limited to) retopologizing, rigging, texturing, and posing

  • Animate characters by making solid creative choices for physical movement on limited axes and at limited speeds

  • Create animatics and other media for internal review and client submittals

  • Collaborate with mechanical designers, controls engineers, sculptors/moldmakers, assembly technicians, and others to ensure creative intent is being maintained throughout project life

  • Produce and provide digital movement data to controls engineers and troubleshoot discrepancies

  • Digitally sculpt characters when there is no preexisting model

  • Help produce documentation as needed for various internal and external deliverables

  • Help design and produce 3D prints

  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Proficiency with Maya & ZBrush required

  • Proficiency with the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, After Effects) preferred

  • Experience with SolidWorks or other CAD modeling software a major plus

  • Experience with 3D printing a plus

  • Ability to create clean and organized character topology

  • Knowledge of Maya rigging, skin weighting, and constraint systems and ability to create clean hierarchies

  • Ability to pose & sculpt characters

  • Knowledge of UV creation and layout methodology, with working knowledge of texture creation and shader types

  • Strong knowledge of animation principles with a focus on real world performance limitations

  • Flexible and adaptive to multiple modeling practices

  • Ability to repurpose high-resolution sculptures into usable polygonal and CAD based models

  • Ability/desire to quickly learn new software and develop tools to enhance workflow

  • Motivated team player that can work quickly in a deadline-driven environment with minimal direction

  • Willingness and ability to accept multiple rounds of critique and edits quickly and with a good attitude

  • Organized team player with good communication and time management skills

Education/Experience

  • 5+ years of relevant experience as a character artist, 3D modeler, or character animator.

Work Environment

Animax Designs offers a competitive compensation package to include: employee’s health insurance, dental, vision, 401k, and vacation. Animax offers an employee friendly environment that supports work life balance. Animax is an equal opportunity employer. Please email resumes to hr@animaxdesigns.com and j.sauerman@animaxdesigns.com or fax to 615.622.5701. For questions, please contact HR at 615.889.1248.